When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W23JPME01E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Discover our series of jazz listening and appreciation courses. In this three-week course we will explore the history of Big Bands from the early 1900s to this day. A fascinating journey touching on the incredible music of Ellington, Basie, Fletcher Henderson, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider and many others.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the different idioms and styles of jazz
  • Recognise the main musical features and styles in Jazz
  • Formulate informed critical judgement of the vocabulary, the different styles and performance conventions of jazz
  • Understand the performance practices of jazz in their social, economic, cultural and historical context


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Listening to tutor presentation, explanation and demonstration. Guided analytical listening and group discussion. Taking your own notes. Participating in discussion based on tutor’s presentation and on your own reading and listening homework.

    Entry requirements

    Willingness to listen to set works and read outside course hours. Good English

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course makes no unusual physical demands. There is a lot of listening in class and some for homework

    What you need

    A pen and a notebook

    What you can do next

    Join one of the other Jazz History short courses. The College also offers a wide range of related performance courses for instruments (e.g. piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit), voices (gospel, jazz, soul pop and rock) and ensembles (jazz, Rhythm & Blues, soul, funk, gospel, Latin, Afro-Cuban).